Fish Tree Tales: Stories from Japan

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Everything was upside down. He had wished to escape from dying. He had come to the land of Perpetual Life with great relief and joy, only to find that the inhabitants themselves, doomed never to die, would consider it bliss to find death.

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In those ancient days the jelly fish had four legs and a hard shell like a tortoise. When we are not at peace amongst ourselves it is no easy thing to subdue an enemy. He cried out loudly and entreated them to spare him, but with each tuft of fur they pulled out they said: "Serve you right!


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Andrew Lang. They have been translated from the modern version written by Sadanami Sanjin. These stories are not literal translations, and though the Japanese story and all quaint Japanese expressions have been faithfully preserved, they have been told more with the view to interest young readers of the West than the technical student of folk-lore. I only hope this may be a lesson to you in the future!

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See our disclaimer. Fish Tree Tales: Stories from Japan Anyone who's ever lived in a foreign country knows what it's like to misunderstand the natives and their ways of doing things. Even if you've mastered the language, you're still a foreigner and some things are just. I lived there almost seven years.

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My first trip over, I only knew the words for colors and numbers in Japanese. And I could ask questions but I had no idea what the answers people gave me were. Later on, I conducted nearly my whole life in Japanese. But friends humor me and tell me my Japanese is amazing.

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I'm easily humored. This collection of short stories mixes fact with fiction, which is something the foreigner may be unsure of anyway, in their non-native surroundings. Even after six years living in Japan, and having "amazing Japanese," many times when I'm there, I'm still not quite sure what's going on, so I simply go along.


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Understanding might not ever come anyway, and going along is just easier. Specifications Age Range 5 - 11 Years.

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